January 21st, 2015 by Laura
A few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.
Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.
Right now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.
I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.
Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!
Tags: business opening, Entre Amis, new restaurant
January 5th, 2015 by Laura
New home for Streamline Tavern
New Year’s Eve was the last night for the Streamline Tavern at its Mercer St location.
As reported nearly a year ago, the Streamline was one of several businesses that had to vacate the block on Mercer by the end of 2014 to make way for a new South Korean Consulate.
Mary McIntyre next to the Streamline
sign, loaded up for the move
The Streamline owners purchased the former home of Jabu’s Pub on Roy St in September in anticipation of the December 31st deadline. Jabu’s held a farewell celebration in September as ownership changed hands.
The Streamline is busy moving into the new digs and that means heavy lifting and moving some items by hand. The bar is taking the iconic Streamline sign with it, as well as the bar counter top. The sign nearly fit in a truck bed, the counter top and other big items were moved via foot.
Here’s the bar counter top being transported by 6 people – Streamline move photos by Vic Vogler:
The Streamline will be open at 174 Roy Street by the end of this month. Keep an eye out for the Streamline sign going up soon on the building.
Tags: business opening, Streamline Tavern
January 4th, 2015 by Laura
There was activity this weekend at 12 Boston St, the former home of Chinoise Café. Ikiiki Sushi is moving in and moving tables, chairs, and artwork around. A sign on their door says “opening soon” – and the menu has been updated with the Queen Anne location address.
The Queen Anne location is not Ikiiki Sushi’s first venture. The owners also operate an Ikiiki Sushi in Kenmore (northeast of Lake Washington). The menu is identical for both and it’s not limited to sushi alone.
Like its predecessor, Ikiiki Sushi will also offer Chinese and Japanese entrees, noodles, and soups. You’ll even see some familiar pan-Asian dishes that were served at Chinoise such as Mongolian Beef, Singapore Style Fried Vermicelli, Phad Thai, and General Tao’s Chicken.
You can check out Ikiiki’s full menu here, and stay tuned for an opening in the near future.
Edited to add new photo of Ikiiki awning.
Tags: business opening, Ikiiki Sushi, new restaurant
November 17th, 2014 by Laura
This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion
Formerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.
The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: business opening, new business, Vian Hunter, vintage clothing
October 16th, 2014 by Laura
It’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.
Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.
When I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.
The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.
Tags: business opening, new business
October 1st, 2014 by Laura
Today Twirl Café announced that it will close on October 31st. The community gathering spot for kids and their families has hosted many movie nights, classes, meals, and happy hours. But, while it’s the end for Twirl, it’s also the beginning for Umbrella Tree.
An education studio that launched in January of this year, Umbrella Tree will take over the Twirl spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N. Umbrella Tree will offer classes and services for kids up to five years old and their parents/guardians. An open house celebration is planned for early December.
Umbrella Tree won’t be completely new to many Twirl customers, as it’s been offering classes at Twirl since January of this year. Plus, they were behind the Backpack Drive for Northwest Center in August of this year. Owners Arlene Sargeant, Louise Books, and Kelly Singer know the Queen Anne community and look forward to providing classes and services in 5 categories: play, education, wellness, community, and home.
Umbrella Tree will also offer birthday parties and drop-in play in the “Umbrella Room” playspace.
As for Twirl, the café will honor outstanding gift certificates, punch cards, and other credits until October 31st. According to Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier: “As a Mom and resident of the Queen Anne community, I have treasured every moment serving and supporting moms in this neighborhood, and beyond. I’m excited about what’s next for the Twirl Cafe space.”
October 31st will be the last day to play at Twirl, and the café will participate in the annual Trick-or-Treating on Queen Anne Ave N. will be October 31.
Stop by Twirl to say goodbye, and get ready to welcome Umbrella Tree to the neighborhood.
Tags: business closing, business opening, Twirl Cafe, Umbrella Tree
August 4th, 2014 by Laura
Back in April, we posted the news that Zeek’s Pizza would be opening an Upper Queen Anne location. We were tipped by a reader who saw the liquor license application on the Seven Hills building window.
It’s been a few months now, but work is kicking into high gear at the 1919 Queen Anne Ave N spot. A fence is up around the construction area and a temporary sign is up.
According to a tweet from Zeek’s, we can expect them to start serving pies at Seven Hills in September:
Start checking your weekly junk mailers for Zeek’s coupons – if they have an expiry date of September or later, you can save them for the new location!
Tags: business opening, Zeek's Pizza
April 29th, 2014 by Laura
We’d heard rumors and hearsay that Zeek’s Pizza was moving into the large retail space in the Seven Hills at 1919 Queen Anne Ave N – and it looks like they were true. A reader (thanks, Aaron!) sent us a photo of a newly posted liquor license application for the space, and sure enough, it’s Zeek’s Pizza.
No details are available from Zeek’s, we’ve tried contacting them since rumors first surfaced a couple months ago. When more information is available, we’ll keep you updated.
Tags: business opening, pizza, Zeek's
April 19th, 2014 by Laura
Back in November, we posted on the new Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location for Taylor Shellfish – and, fast forward to now and they’re set to open to the public this Wednesday, April 23 at 4pm.
According to Taylor Shellfish: “Our menu is centered around our farm to table fresh shellfish. We will serve our oysters both raw and baked, steamed clam and mussels along with chowders, crab, geoduck and salads. We will accompany our menu with wine, beer and cocktails.”
The new spot has a casual atmosphere and feel, designed for all shellfish lovers. You can check out some of their offerings in the photos to whet your appetite prior to Wednesday’s opening:
Stop by Taylor Shellfish at 124 Republican St (in the EXPO Apartments building) starting this Wednesday and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: business opening, seafood, Taylor Shellfish
April 12th, 2014 by Laura
A new Krav Maga fitness and self-defense studio is opening on Queen Anne, just west of Lake Union, later this month. Krav Maga Seattle is nearing completion on its new space at 1009 8th Ave N and is planning a grand opening on Saturday, April 26th.
You may be familiar with the team at Krav Maga Seattle from classes it held at the Queen Anne Community Center, introducing residents to the practice of Krav Maga.
KMS Introductory Class at QACC
You no longer have to wait for the occasional introductory class at QACC, you can go directly to KMS’s new studio and begin (or continue) your Krav Maga practice.
KMS will be the only officially licensed Krav Maga Worldwide training center in Seattle. The opening celebration runs from 10am to 3pm with free classes, prizes (t-shirts, water bottles, free classes, etc), and discounts on membership. Plus, from 11am to 3pm, you can snag some lunch at the Now Make Me a Sandwich food truck, right outside the KMS studio.
You can learn more about KMS via their Facebook page. Stop by on April 26 to learn more about the practice and the new studio.
Tags: business opening, Krav Maga
January 29th, 2014 by Laura
Early this month, a sign was up in the window of the EXPO Apartment buildings stating that Roaring Bowl was “hiring” – well, the new shabu shabu spot quietly opened its doors last night at 516 1st Ave N.
The new Asian-inspired restaurant focuses on shabu shabu, and also offers Gamjatang and Robota grill. Roaring Bowl’s shabu shabu provides diners with an interactive experience, where they cook thin slices of meats, seafood, and/or vegetables in a hot broth at their table, seasoning the soup to their tastes.
Roaring Bowl has an open kitchen concept with three main menu concepts – in addition to shabu shabu, they’ll also serve Gamjatang, a spicy Korean pork bone soup, and Robota Grill, where chefs grill and serve chicken kushiyaki style, Korean kalbi (beef short ribs), and tograshi brined pork belly.
Owned by Northwest native Sean Kaywood, the restaurant will serve high quality, seasonally sourced local ingredients such as wild salmon, kurobota pork belly, and Painted Hills beef. Kaywood’s travels in Asia inspired him to bring the flavors of Japan, Korea, and China to his new restaurant.
Roaring Bowl will be open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, with one hour of complimentary parking available at the EXPO Building.
Tags: business opening
January 26th, 2014 by Laura
Attention oenophiles – Robert Ramsay Cellars is opening a wine tasting cellar at 1629 Queen Anne Ave N (in the spot previously held by Café de Lion).
Woodinville has been home to the boutique winery, but Queen Anne is home to owner/winemaker Robert Ramsay Harris, better known as Bob Harris, and his wife, Lauren, who’ll be running the day-to-day operations of the Queen Anne location.
Founded in 2005, Robert Ramsay Cellars produces Rhone varietals including Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, as well as some Cabernet too, from grapes from Washington vineyard partners. Bob first forayed into winemaking 12 years ago at another winery before founding Robert Ramsay.
Like most smaller winemakers and winery owners, Bob has a day job – wine is a passion for him, and the tasting cellar on Queen Anne will be a great spot to share that passion with the community.
According to Lauren, “We were looking for a second location and are thrilled to bring a tasting room to Queen Anne, which is only 3 blocks from our home. We love it here and want to share our business and hope people enjoy our product!”
You’ll be able to taste their creations when the doors open in March. Robert Ramsay will be open 5 days a week, offering wine flights and bottle purchases – while you wait for March, you can check out the reviews and accolades for their wine online.
Tags: business opening, new business